Before the 500: Daytona Beach Racing

Before the big race moved inland to an asphalt track and became an American classic, drivers fulfilled their need for speed on the beaches of Central Florida.

The crowd assembles... (January 1952)

The crowd assembles… (January 1952)

Gentlemen, start your engines! (ca. 1910)

Gentlemen, start your engines! (ca. 1910)

Everybody gets pole position (January 14, 1905)

Everybody gets pole position (January 14, 1905)

And they're off! (February 1952)

And they’re off! (February 1952)

Into the turn... (February 1952)

Into the turn… (February 1952)

Watch out for wrecks! (February 1952)

Watch out for wrecks! (February 1952)

And the winner is... Edward Knowles Rayson! (1947)

And the winner is… Edward Knowles Rayson! (1947)

BONUS PHOTO!

Richard Petty and friends (February 1971)

Richard Petty and friends (February 1971)

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